Tegan’s Turn?

As you may remember from before we shut down for the pandemic two years ago, my dogs and I volunteer at a local hospital as Pet Therapy teams. We had to pause through the worst of the Covid onslaught, of course, but we started back up again last spring. The dogs remembered what to do immediately. What they didn’t remember is that only one of them gets to go at a time.

Last week it was Zoe’s turn to go to the hospital.

Tegan was upset that she didn’t get to go with us. She wanted me to know that she was ready. And she wasn’t going to get off my Volunteer uniform until I promised that it was her turn this week.

My daughter took this picture of Tegan waiting at the door to the garage as I pulled in with Zoe after our Pet Therapy visit.

Tegan waiting at the backdoor. Notice her tail is a blur.

So Tegan and I went to the hospital today.

She goes into sled-dog mode when we get inside the hospital, pulling me towards friends she has yet to meet.

I wanted to get a photo of how much she enjoyed her visits. But every time I tried to get a photo of her smiling, she looked away.

I made her sit for a moment to try and capture her big doggie grin. I said “Show me your happy face.” She said “This is my happy face.”

Tegan doesn’t smile on command.

When we go to the hospital, the staff treat the dogs as if they are rock stars. The nurses pull out their cell phones and take pictures to send to friends and family. When that happened today, I asked for the best photo of Tegan to be sent to me. This is it.

So I guess you’ll have to trust me that Tegan really does love to got to the hospital. Maybe next time I’ll get a photo of her smiling.

Published by Amy Law

Amy Law is a science geek. She feels about science the way some people feel about music, or art, or sports – a total and complete emotional connection. She thinks in science. For Amy, there’s nothing better than helping people see the beauty of science as she does. She loves to untangle a complicated subject into its parts, explaining it so that anybody can understand what’s happening. Let her show you her world...

6 thoughts on “Tegan’s Turn?

      1. Well, some of us just get it out by talking TO our dogs about how wonderful they are, the best girl in the world, the bravest little buckaroo… over and over and over again. 🙂


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